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PT-163



Call sign:
Nan - Yoke - George - Xray

80' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 7 September 1942 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 21 November 1942
  • Completed 4 December 1942, placed in service and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron TEN (MTBRon 10) under the command of Lt. Comdr. Thomas G. Warfield, USN
  • MTBRon 10, assigned to the South Pacific, had action at Rendova, Vella Lavella, Treasury, Bougainville, and Green. Transferred to the Southwest Pacific in April 1944, the squadron had action at Saidor
    New Guinea; Morotai, in the Halmaheras; and at Balikpapan, Borneo. The squadron also based for a time at Mios Woendi, Dutch New Guinea, and at Samar, P.I., but had no action from these bases
  • "Who Me?" was placed out of service, stripped and destroyed by U.S. Forces 11 November 1945 at Samar, Philippines.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 56 t.
  • Length 80'
  • Beam 20' 8"
  • Draft 5'
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: One 60mm mortar, one 37mm mount, one 20mm mount, four 21" torpedoes and two twin .50 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: Three 1,500shp Packard W-14 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    PT-163 150k 28 November 1944
    New Guinea
    Ron 10 officers standing behind the natives are Ens. Scott Young, Ens. Roger Jones, Ens. Greene and Ens. Al Parks
    Roger Jones
    Photo added 18 November 2020
    PT-163 74k Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.
    PT-163 96k c. May 1945
    Philippines
    Moored outboard of PT-171

    Boat Captain
    01ENS Edward J. Kruse, Jr., USNR - Awarded the Bronze Star
    Elected to Congress from Indiana and served 3 January 1949 - 3 January 1951
    February 1944
    02LTJG Roger M. Jones, Jr., USNRFebruary 1944
    03LTJG Alex E. Parks, Jr., USNRDecember 1944 - 1945
    04LTJG Rogers V. Waugh, USNR - Awarded the Bronze StarJuly 1945
    Courtesy Joe Radigan, Wolfgang Hechler and Roger Jones

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-163
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